“What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” wrote Napolean Hill in his classic book, Think and Grow Rich. And I have seen in my own life how true this is. It takes dedicated practice to use our mind to focus on what we want and therefore create these things in our world, but it is the most important thing we can practice.
When I spoke with Caroline Myss earlier this month, she mentioned Lewis Caroll to be one of her favourite spiritual authors. Caroll is a classic author I knew from childhood but I’d never particularly thought of him as a spiritual writer. I took another look and found his work to contain frequent expressions of spiritual wisdom. In his most famous work, Alice in Wonderland, there is a wonderful exchange between two characters; the Queen and Alice:
“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
The rational amongst us (and even the rational side of ourselves) may laugh and call this stupidity and childish fantasy, but I call it visionary. After all- aeroplanes, television, computers and mobile phones were once seen as “impossible things”. And now, thanks to a few mavericks of this world who dared to dream and ignore the naysayers- they are not only real but everyday.
On a practical level, as Alice suggests, believing something that you currently think is impossible is not really possible. The mere fact you have decided that something is impossible means it will not be possible for you until you change this attitude of thinking!
But, as the Queen responds in this story, you can change your beliefs with practice. According to the teachings of Abraham, a “belief is just a thought you keep thinking”. In other words, while we may look at our beliefs as something solid and permanent, they are simply ideas we have spent a lot of time focusing on. The Law of Attraction then brings us other thoughts like our beliefs and even physical evidence which confirms these beliefs (illustrated with phrases like “This always happens to me” or “I just knew that was going to happen”) and the spiral continues. So, for many, beliefs seem to remain the same throughout life.
However it does not have to be this way.
I look back and remember when things I now take for granted as perfectly normal, I actually once strongly believed were “impossible”.
I changed my mind, one thought at a time, and then my outer world changed.
If you dedicate yourself to this practice, soon you will find yourself having ideas of circumstances or events that you would like to happen to you and rather than thinking “That’s not possible… how on earth is that going to happen?” you will catch yourself thinking “I can do this, I will find a way to do this” and you will be on your way to becoming an “anything is possible” person about more and more things in you life.